In today’s blog, we explore a rarely visited corner of Singapore. Have you ever been on Tumblr or Instagram and come across photographs like this?
If you lived here in Singapore, you won’t believe that there are places you can discover that are less traveled like this interesting place in Singapore called Lim Chu Kang. It surely feels away far from what you used to see in the main city. Just like in Baguio (in the Philippines) where you can see farms and fresh air, and the silence.
Personally, I have long envied the open roads that have always seem so out of reach and unattainable from our sunny little red dot. Don’t get me wrong, I love Singapore to bits, but there has always been this profound desire to explore quiet, long, peaceful stretches, to experience the idea of the ‘countryside’. In our country, it is rare bordering on impossible to find quiet corners that have yet to be taken over by our rapid progress from fishing village to first-world commercial and cultural hub.
It may, then, surprise you to know that the picture above was actually taken here in Singapore! Tucked away in Lim Chu Kang, there are actually large stretches of pure, unadulterated land here in this country. The best part? There are roads through them – this is the easiest way to experience a ‘road trip’ with your friends without straying outside our borders.
With long, winding ‘country lanes’ flanked by protected SAF training land (near Sungei Gedong Camp) and simple farmlands, there is plenty of greenery to enjoy. The most beautiful thing, though, is the sheer peacefulness and quietness. On my two hour exploration of the area, I only ever came across another group of people twice – a platoon of NSFs on their way to the Kranji NSRCC, and a taxi driver who appeared to have taken a wrong turn and been drawn into an adventure of his own.
When you eventually emerge from the Lim Chu Kang lanes, one of the first things to be seen is the Kranji Beach Battle Site – the second point from which the Japanese launched their invasion of Singapore. Today, the Site is a beautiful park overlooking the straits of Johor, with a simple memorial which chronicles the invasion.
Continue to explore the area and you will find a wide, open clearing, flanked by a few benches and majestic trees.
How glad I was that I came equipped with a picnic mat. And oh, their farm? Lovely!